Outbound From Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport T2: Few Basics

I was over the moon....after all it was my first international trip! I was flying to New York from CSIA's T2, Mumbai and the excitement was palpable no matter how hard I tried to keep a lid on it! I was supposed to rest since the flight to Newark was at 2 am but sleep had long…

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Shiva’s Manifestations

Mahashivratri, "the great night of Shiva", is one of those festivals that I looked forward to as a kid ...it allowed us to forgo the healthy veggies and pulses in meals for much tastier sweetmeats and special dishes...praying and fasting like adults never ever featured in the year long wait for the auspicious day. Celebrated on…

A Wishlist And Not The Bucket List!

As 2016 draws to an end, I reflect back on the year and its sweet and sour moments. The year has been quite fruitful but it is ending on literally a sour note for me....Why? 'Coz I got infected by the Chikungunya virus after a mosquito bite in November and it has been really crippling with…

Matheran Nostalgia

It is that time of year again, when the love-struck couples make a beeline to Matheran, the cozy and tiniest hill station in India. Located in Western Ghats of Raigad district in Maharashtra, Matheran, a quaint little town, the name of which literally means “forest on forehead of the mountain”,  is Asia’s only automobile free…

Travelling With An E-Visa

If I remember correctly, my exposure to travelling to different locations for tourism began at two years of age when my parents traveled to Goa tugging me along on a cruise. While most kids and their parents traveled to grandparents' home for summer vacations, my parents introduced a new destination every year. Travelling to new places…

The Land Of Royals, Jaisalmer

Steeped in sagas of royalty, bravery, conspiracy and scars from many wars, this city of sun, sand and ship of desert, has abundance of history, art, architecture, and desert adventures on offer for the inquisitive and intrepid travelers besides being a shopper’s delight and I knew from the word go, when we planned a trip…

Haridwar – The Treasure of Uttarakhand

When I was a teenager, my parents were located in crime saturated Muzzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. Haridwar and Rishikesh were the two close destinations where we would often go....it gave my mother some peace. I loved going to Har ki Paudi...the stepped ghat at River Ganga. Once when my 80-year-old grandfather was visiting, he wished…